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  • UnitedHealth CEO says insurer has 'plenty of scale' Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley said on Thursday during a conference call that the company's mergers and acquisition strategy has not changed and that it expects to continue to build and diversify its business. Hemsley was responding to a question about how UnitedHealth is approaching M&A at a time when...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as enrollments increased and its Optum health services business performed better. UnitedHealth is the first of the national health insurers to report earnings, at a time when the industry is in the midst of consolidation, with Aetna Inc and...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a quarterly profit that jumped 12.6 percent as revenue increased in its Optum business and enrollments increased. The insurer's net income rose to $1.59 billion, or $1.64 per share, for the quarter ended June 30 from $1.41 billion, or $1.42 per share, a year earlier. 3/ 8. Its report comes at a time...

  • Ex-Medicare head to lead health insurance lobby Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 2:44 PM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    Marilyn Tavenner, who was in charge of HealthCare.gov's rollout, will head health insurance lobbying, The New York Times reports.

  • What to watch from UnitedHealth earnings Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    UnitedHealth may not be in the hunt to acquire a rival, but industry consolidation will be a big topic when it releases earnings.

  • UPDATE 1-Anthem, Cigna progressing towards deal - CNBC Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    July 9- Health insurers Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna backed down on its differences over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. The tweets also quoted sources as saying that UnitedHealth Group Inc was looking to bid for Cigna. Cigna shares were up 3 percent at $155.08 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • Anthem, Cigna progressing towards deal - CNBC Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    July 9- Health insurers Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna backed down over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. The tweets also quoted sources as saying that UnitedHealth Group Inc was looking to bid for Cigna. Cigna shares were up 3 percent at $155.08 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • Insurance mergers getting hot Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Insurance mergers getting hot

    Aetna and Humana announce a record-setting $37 billion deal.

  • Insurers choose partners, and dance floor shrinks Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Handshake M&A mergers promotion

    Amid a big era for consolidation in the health insurance sector, will the M&A wave spur more deals?

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. A $230 per share offer would be at a premium of nearly...

  • July 2- U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One of the people said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and could be announced as early as Friday. Sources have previously told Reuters that Cigna was also...

  • US M&A hits record $1 trillion in first half of year Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 8:14 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Takeover activity in the U.S. surged past $1 trillion in the first six months. Here's how to play this trend.

  • M&A close to record in Q2 amid mega deals Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 6:54 AM ET
    mergers

    Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 29- Mergers and acquisitions worldwide in the second quarter of 2015 almost matched the record set in the second quarter of 2007, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies turned to deals to boost their market share. These include Royal Dutch Shell Plc's $70 billion acquisition of British rival BG Group Plc, cable...

  • Early movers: NBG, JPM, M, GCI, TWTR & more Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 7:52 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 8, 2015 in New York City.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Cramer Remix: These oil stocks look cheap Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 7:26 PM ET
    Jim Cramer

    Looking for an oil stock to buy? “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer may have something for you.